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Written texts are tools for delayed communication with a diffuse audience except when addressees are specified. The easiest specification is to name one ore more specific addressees. This reduces the diffusion of the audience but not entirely. Time delay induces that the audience intended by the author must have changed and the author does not know what changes have taken place between his last impression of the audience and the moment in time when the text will be read. Dialogue has big advantages in this context because the relevant time intervals – between the last impression of the audience, the production of the text (or speech) and the reception of the text by that very same audience –  are reduced as much as possible. A siloloquy or a monologue seem to reduce the time intervals even more and it is not clear if there is some qualitative change at a certain stage – this might be related to the issue of the synchronicity between thinking and speaking, with the instantaneous production of text in the form of speaking.